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USKH Announces New Principals and Associates

W. Dwayne Adams Jr.

W. Dwayne Adams Jr.

PHOTO: Courtesy of USKH Inc.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – USKH Inc. (USKH) recently named three new principals and three new associates of the employee-owned company.

The firm’s new principals are W. Dwayne Adams Jr., FASLA; Raymond Amsden, AIA; and Jacob (Jake) Gerondale, PLS. The new associates are Ursula Dickeson, Sara Lindberg and Jared VanderWeele, AIA.

Adams joined USKH in 2010 when his previous firm, Land Design North (LDN), was acquired by USKH. Dwayne is manager of USKH’s Landscape Architecture and Planning Division and a member of the firm’s Board of Directors. Dwayne has nearly 40 years of Alaska experience as a landscape architect, planner and public involvement specialist.

Among Adams’ noteworthy projects are trail, park and facility master planning at Kincaid Park; Far North Bicentennial Park master planning; planning and design at Cuddy Family Midtown Park; and ongoing projects at various sports facilities in Southcentral Alaska, including Chester Creek Sports Complex, the West High School Stadium, and athletic complexes at Houston and Colony high schools in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley. Adams is a Fellow with the American Society of Landscape Architects and is a graduate of Texas A&M University.

Amsden joined USKH in December 2010 after retiring from the Anchorage School District, where he was employed for 29 years. He retired as the school district’s Facilities Director, where he was responsible for nearly $1 billion in school planning, design and construction projects. At USKH, Amsden is the Building Sciences Director and Architectural Division Operations Manager.

Since joining USKH, Amsden has been involved with multiple roofing and building envelope projects at schools and state-owned facilities, including those for the Anchorage, Matanuska-Susitna Borough and Kenai Peninsula Borough school districts. He is currently leading the Big Lake Elementary School Renovation project. Amsden is a member of the American Institute of Architects and the Council of Educational Facility Planners International. He is a graduate of the University of Oregon.

Gerondale is the manager of USKH’s Survey and GIS Division; he has been with the company since 2006 and has more than 13 years of experience working in the survey, GIS and engineering fields. He is a registered land surveyor in Alaska and Wisconsin. In 2009, Gerondale and the USKH survey team were awarded the Highlights in Surveying Award by Point of Beginning Magazine for their work on the remote airport project in Akutan.

Among Gerondale’s recent project management experience are multiple aeronautical surveys, including those at Barrow, Galena, Ambler, Golovin and Kivalina airports; multiple roadway surveying projects for the Matanuska-Susitna Borough; and the Shepard Point Oil Spill Response Facility outside of Cordova. Gerondale received an associate degree from Northeast Wisconsin Technical College.

Lindberg is USKH’s environmental services manager and joined the firm in 2006. She is a graduate of The Evergreen State College and received her Master of Arts from Alaska Pacific University. She is a Certified Erosion and Sediment Control Lead and belongs to the Society of Wetland Scientists. Among her current projects are the Kiana Airport Improvements for the Department of Transportation & Public Facilities (DOT&PF) and the Koliganek K-12 School for the Southwest Region School District.

VanderWeele joined USKH in 2007 and is the Assistant Fairbanks Regional Manager of Architecture. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects and a graduate of the University of Detroit Mercy. Among his current projects are the Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) Facility upgrade at Fairbanks International Airport and multiple roofing and building envelope projects for the DOT&PF.

Dickeson is a technical writer and has been with the company since 1992. She received certification as a Construction Document Technologist in 1996. She has an Ontario Diploma in Horticulture/Landscape Design from the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. She telecommutes from her home in Arizona.

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